WHITGIFT CLINCH TITLE
18 schools contested the Surrey and Hampshire Regional Championship at Rokeby School, all seeking not only the title of Regional Champions the two places available for the National Finals. 8 schools qualified for the quarter-finals from three groups and Whitgift, Rokeby and Hoe Bridge were the three group winners, all of them progressing at the quarter-final stage, along with Shrewsbury House, one of the second placed teams, who defeated Lanesborough on penalties.
In the first semi-final, Whitgift opened the scoring againsti Rokeby when the talented Fionn Mooney carried the ball down the left and tne diminutive Javier Shamilian reacted quickly to guide his pass firmly into the far corner for a very well worked goal. Not long after the break a strong shot from Thomas Smith rebounded from rthe left angle of post and crossbar for Daniel Berry to pick his spot calmly with the rebound. In terms of possession and territory an utterly fair result.
In the other semi-final Hoe Bridge went a goal up against Lanesborough when a deep cross from Tom Bevin was headed in at the back post by Marco Ferrucci. Hoe Bridge doubled their advantage from a breakway when Louis Barnes ran through and rounded the keeper to finish neatly and they added a third when a fine save by the Lanesborough goalkeeper was unfortunately turned into his own net by a defender.
Thus both Whitgift and Hoe Bridge was guaranteed a place in the National Finals but this did not lessen their desire in the Regional Final. Whitgift took an early lead when Fionn Mooney slotted into the far corner and they scored again when a defence splitting pass was coolly finished by Javier Shamillian. Whitgift completed a 3-0 win when they broke away and a low cross was met at the far post by Arrun Stanley.
Worthy of note was Whitgift's record for the day - 23 goals for just one conceded in their 7 matches. Rokeby were not far behind with their 18 goals for 2 conceded and they were unfortunate to have been drawn to meet Whitgift in the semi-final.
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Group A: Sherborne House 2:1 Portsmouth GS; Edgeborough 1:1 The Hawthorns; Sherborne House 3:1 Edgeborough; Whitgift 5:0 Portsmouth GS; Sherborne House 1:4 Whitgift; The Hawthorns 2:0 Portsmouth GS; Portsmouth GS 0:1 Edgeborough; The Hawthorns 0:1 Whitgift; Sherborne House 1:3 The Hawthorns; Whitgift 3:0 Edgeborough
Group B: St Andrew''s 1:0 Oakwood Prep; Meoncross 0:3 Lanesborough; St Andrew's 3:0 Meoncross; Rokeby 5:0 Oakwood Prep; St Andrew's 0:2 Rokeby; Lanesborough 3:0 Oakwood Prep; Oakwood Prep 3:1 Mreoncross; Lanesborough 0:3 Rokeby; St Andrew's 0:3 Lanesborough; Rokeby 5:0 Meoncross
Group C: Prince's Mead 0:2 Shrewsbury House; Hoe Bridge 3:0 Twyford; Prince's Mead 0:4 Hoe Bridge; King's House 0:2 Shrewsbury House; Prince's Mead 0-2 King's House; Twyford 0:2 Shrewsbury House; Shrewsbury House 0:1 Hoe Bridge; Twyford 1:1 King's House; Prince's Mead 0:1 Twyford; King's House 1:0 Hoe Bridge
Quarter-Finals: Whitgift 5:0 St Andrew's; Rokeby 3:0 King's House; Hoe Bridge 2:1 The Hawthorns; Lanesborough 0:0 (3-2 pens) Shrewsbury House
Semi-Finals: Whitgift 2:0 Rokeby; Hoe Bridge 3:0 Lanesborough
Final: Whitgift 3:0 Hoe Bridge
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